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Encyclopedia > Modica
Comune di Modica
Coat of arms of Comune di Modica
Municipal coat of arms
Country Italy Italy
Region Sicily
Province Ragusa (RG)
Mayor Pietro Torchi Lucifora (since May 28, 2002
Elevation 296 m
Area 290.77 km²
Population
 - Total (as of December 31, 2004) 53,380
 - Density 180/km²
Time zone CET, UTC+1
Coordinates 36°51′N 14°46′E
Gentilic Modicani
Dialing code 0932
Postal code 97015
Frazioni Frigintini, Marina di Modica
Patron St. George
 - Day April 23
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Website: www.comune.modica.rg.it

Image File history File links Modica-Stemma. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Italy. ... The Regions of Italy were granted a degree of regional autonomy in the 1948 constitution, which states that the constitutions role is: to recognize, protect and promote local autonomy, to ensure that services at the State level are as decentralized as possible, and to adapt the principles and laws... Sicily (Sicilia in Italian and Sicilian, Σικελία in Greek) is an autonomous region of Italy and the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, with an area of 25,700 sq. ... In Italy, the province (in Italian: provincia) is an administrative division of an intermediate level, between municipality (comune) and region (Regione). ... The Province of Ragusa (Provincia di Ragusa) is a province in the autonomous island region of Sicily in Italy. ... May 28 is the 148th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (149th in leap years). ... For album titles with the same name, see 2002 (album). ... December 31 is the 365th day of the year (366th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Central European Time (CET) is one of the names of UTC+1 time zone, 1 hour ahead of Coordinated Universal Time. ... Central European Time West Africa Time British Summer Time* Irish Summer Time* Western European Summer Time* Category: ... A demonym or gentilic is a word that denotes the members of a people or the inhabitants of a place. ... Here are a list of area codes in Italy. ... A frazione, in Italy, is the name given in administrative law to a type of territorial subdivision of a comune; for other subdivisions, see municipio, circoscrizione, quartiere. ... For alternate uses, see Saint George (disambiguation) Saint George on horseback rides alongside a wounded dragon being led by a princess, late 19th century engraving. ... April 23 is the 113th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (114th in leap years). ...


Coordinates: 36°51′N 14°46′E Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


Modica is a city in the Province of Ragusa, Sicily. The city is situated in the Iblean mountains and, along with Val di Noto, is part of UNESCO Heritage Sites in Italy. The Province of Ragusa (Provincia di Ragusa) is a province in the autonomous island region of Sicily in Italy. ... Sicily (Sicilia in Italian and Sicilian, Σικελία in Greek) is an autonomous region of Italy and the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea, with an area of 25,700 sq. ... Val di Noto (English: Valley of Noto) is a geographical area of south east Sicily; it is dominated by the limestone Iblean plateau. ... A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a specific site (such as a forest, mountain, lake, desert, monument, building, complex, or city) that has been nominated and confirmed for inclusion on the list maintained by the international World Heritage Programme administered by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, composed of 21 State...

View of Modica in the evening.
View of Modica in the evening.

Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 385 KB) Author : Urban Description : Modica, Sicilia Body : Canon Powershot A80 Date : August, 2005 File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Modica Metadata This file contains additional... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (1024x768, 385 KB) Author : Urban Description : Modica, Sicilia Body : Canon Powershot A80 Date : August, 2005 File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): Modica Metadata This file contains additional...

History

The city was founded by the Sicels circa the 7th century BCE when it was known as "Motyca", this was also the period of the Greek Colonization of Sicily. Later it was occupied by the Romans who expanded the city. Byzantine fortress in the Sicily's Theme, in 845 Modica was captured by the Arabs who referred to the city as "Mudiqah". During the 11th century the city was taken by the Normans led by Roger of Hauteville. In the 13th and 14th centuries Modica was under Spanish Aragon rule, under the Counts of Modica. This title and position was held in succession by six other noble Italian families, the Mosca, Chiaramonte, Cabrera, Henriquez, Alvarez and finally the Fitz-Stuart. However by the time of the latter three dynasties the title of Count was meaningless and carried little power, but Modica wasn't ruled like all of Sicily by the Spanish Viceroy from Palermo: it was a self-governing county ruled by a Governor; it had autonomous tribunals with three grades of justice. This situation continued until the 18th century when Sicily was ruled from first Vienna, then in the late 18th and early 19th century as part of the Kingdom of Sicily from Naples, (this Kingdom changed its name to the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies), and then finally after the Risorgimento it was unified with the rest of Italy, as it remains today. According to Thucydides (vi:2), before the arrival of Greek colonists, the Sicels (or Siculi) were one of the three tribes who inhabited Sicily: the Sicels (Greek Sikeloi) in eastern Sicily (as well as southern Italy), who spoke an Indo-European language, and the Sicani (Greek Sikanoi) and Elymi (Greek... The Roman Forum was the central area around which ancient Rome developed. ... The Arabs (Arabic: عرب ) are predominantly speakers of the Arabic language, rather than a pure ethnic group, mainly found throughout the Middle East and North Africa. ... As a means of recording the passage of time, the 11th century was that century which lasted from 1001 to 1100. ... The Normans (adapted from the name Northmen or Norsemen) were a mixture of the indigenous population of Neustria and Danish or Norwegian Vikings who began to occupy the northern area of France now known as Normandy in the latter half of the 9th century. ... Roger I (1031 – June 22, 1101), Norman ruler of Sicily, was the youngest son of Tancred of Hauteville. ... Look up Count in Wiktionary, the free dictionary Countess redirects here. ... The Lords and Barons prove their Nobility by hanging their Banners and exposing their Coats-of-arms at the door of the Lodge of the Heralds. ... Arms of Chiaramonte The Chiaramonte were an ancient noble family of Sicily, claiming descent from Charlemagne they became the most powerful and wealthy family in Sicily. ... Cabrera is one of the minor Balearic Islands belonging to Spain, just south of Majorca, in the Mediterranean Sea, at approximately 39° 9 N, 3° E. It is the largest of a small archipelago of islands and islets, including (from south to north) the Estells de Fora, LImperial, Cabrera... Alvarez may refer to: // Surname Alvarez is a common Patronymic surname in the Spanish language, meaning Son of Álvar (old Castillian name, contemporary Álvaro). ... Vienna (German: Wien ) is the capital of Austria, and also one of the nine States of Austria. ... The following is a list of monarchs of Naples and Sicily: See also: List of Counts of Apulia and Calabria Hauteville Counts of Sicily, 1071-1130 Roger I 1071-1101 Simon 1101-1105 Roger II 1105-1130 Hauteville Kings of Sicily, 1130-1198 Roger II 1130-1154 William I 1154... Country Italy Region Campania Province Naples (NA) Mayor Rosa Russo Jervolino Elevation 17 m Area 117 km² Population  - Total (as of December 31, 2004) 1,000,470  - Density 8,457/km² Time zone CET, UTC+1 Coordinates Gentilic Napoletani Dialing code 081 Postal code 80100 Patron Saint Januarius  - Day September... The Two Sicilies The Kingdom of the Two Sicilies was the new name that the Bourbon king Ferdinand IV of Naples gave to his domain (including Southern Italy and Sicily) after the end of the Napoleonic Era and the full restoration of his power in 1816. ... Italian unification, also known as Risorgimento (resurrection), was a historical process by which the Kingdom of Sardinia (ruled by the Savoy dynasty with Turin as its capital) gradually conquered the Italian peninsula, including the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, the Duchy of Modena, the Grand Duchy of Tuscany, the Duchy...


Over the centuries as the city developed it gradually became divided into "Modica Alta" (Upper Modica) and "Modica Bassa" (Lower Modica). During the last century the city has extended and developed new suburbs which include Modica Sacro Cuore (or Sorda), Monserrato, Idria, these are often referred to as Modern Modica; both old and modern quarters of the city are today joined by Europe's highest bridge (300 m).


Main sights

Despite being ravaged by earthquakes in 1613 and 1693 and floods in 1833 and 1902, Modica has some of the most beautiful architecture in Sicily, in the Sicilian Baroque style. The city possesses a large Baroque Cathedral dedicated to San Giorgio. While the cathedral was rebuilt following the earthquake of 1693, like many other parts of the city its roots are in the Middle Ages. An earthquake is a phenomenon that results from and is powered by the sudden release of stored energy that radiates seismic waves. ... Events January - Galileo observes Neptune, but mistakes it for a star and so is not credited with its discovery. ... Events January 11 - Eruption of Mt. ... 1833 was a common year starting on Tuesday (see link for calendar). ... 1902 (MCMII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Illustration 1: Sicilian Baroque. ... For alternate uses, see Saint George (disambiguation) Saint George on horseback rides alongside a wounded dragon being led by a princess, late 19th century engraving. ... Events January 11 - Eruption of Mt. ...

The Cathedral of San Giorgio, Modica.
The Cathedral of San Giorgio, Modica.
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In Modica Alta is a second cathedral dedicated to San Giovanni, which has a principal façade crowned by a typical Sicilian Baroque belltower, 49 m in height. ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (768x1024, 323 KB) Author : Urban Description : Duomo San Giorgio, Modica, Sicilia Body : Canon Powershot A80 Date : August, 2005 File links The following pages link to this file: Sicilian Baroque Modica ... ImageMetadata File history File links Download high resolution version (768x1024, 323 KB) Author : Urban Description : Duomo San Giorgio, Modica, Sicilia Body : Canon Powershot A80 Date : August, 2005 File links The following pages link to this file: Sicilian Baroque Modica ... Image File history File links Commons-logo. ... Wikimedia Commons logo by Reid Beels The Wikimedia Commons (also called Commons or Wikicommons) is a repository of free content images, sound and other multimedia files. ...


Economy

The economy of the area once principally agricultural producing olives, carobs, legumes, cereals, and cattle; has now been joined by factories producing textiles, furniture and cars. Tourism is also an important industry to the area. Binomial name Olea europaea L. 19th century illustration The Olive (Olea europaea) is a species of small tree in the family Oleaceae, native to coastal areas of the eastern Mediterranean region, from Syria and the maritime parts of Asia Minor and northern Iran at the south end of the Caspian... Carob trees near Mehmetcik, Northern Cyprus Carob tree (Ceratonia siliqua) is a species native to the Mediterranean region, cultivated for its edible seed pods. ... Varieties of soybean seeds, a popular legume Pea pods The term legume has two closely related meanings in botany, a situation encountered with many botanical common names of useful plants, whereby an applied name can refer to either the plant itself, or to the edible fruit (or useful part). ... Look up Cereal in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Binomial name Bos taurus Linnaeus, 1758 Cattle (called cows in vernacular and contemporary usage, kine or kyne in pre-modern English, or kye as the Scots plural of cou) are domesticated ungulates, a member of the subfamily Bovinae of the family Bovidae. ... A factory (previously manufactory) or manufacturing plant is a large industrial building where workers manufacture goods or supervise machines processing one product into another. ... This article is about the type of fabric. ...


Modica was the birth place of Salvatore Quasimodo, a writer and 1959’s Nobel Prize, and also of Tommaso Campailla, the 18th century scientist and philosopher. Salvatore Quasimodo (August 20, 1901 - June 14, 1968 ) was an Italian author. ... 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nobel prize medal. ... (17th century - 18th century - 19th century - more centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 18th century refers to the century that lasted from 1701 through 1800. ...





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